Henrik Schwarz Masterclass
From set-up & hardware to custom devices, discover Henrik Schwarz’s approach to live performance.
Learn from one of the most celebrated performers of Deep House as Henrik Schwarz shows you his approach to live performance: get inspired and improve your own live sets as he reveals the tricks and techniques behind his legendary shows.
See how he gets his computer and hardware ready for the stage with Ableton Live and MIDI controllers, explore his sound card setup and preferences, audio and MIDI inputs and outputs, tracks, scenes, and clips structure, and master channel set up.
Explore his Max For Live custom devices and MIDI controller built to optimize live performances and make them more dynamic, reactive and playful. Take a closer look at some of his DIY hardware and see how you could build your own drum machines and controllers.
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Henrik Schwarz shares his musical journey and how he got to where he is today.
Learn more about Henrik’s career as DJ and live performer.
Henrik introduces his live setup on Ableton, talks through his tracks, how he adds drama, and his preferred settings, EQ tools, and live shortcuts.
Discover Henrik’s master channel setup for live performances, and how he gets dynamic range for his live sets. Watch how he processes sounds using plugins like ‘Fabfilter Pro’, Waves Limiter, Soothe2 EQ, and Brainworx compressor, and effects like a Flanger for high cuts and low cuts. Also, see some of his Max for Live Patches.
Watch Henrik’s hardware setup from the sound interface to hardware compressors. Look at how downsizing hardware for travel is essential.
Henrik gets into how and why he builds his own hardware to move away from the computer screen. See him go through each knob on his Bluetooth MIDI keyboard.
For the first time ever, Henrik talks about why he changed the F1 drum machine to be better for live performances. He shows how it works, and how he made it.
Watch Henrik make his own hardware used to optimize live performances. In this chapter he talks in depth about the set up and ends with a small live performance.
Henrik goes into the hardware he’s made, showing the chips, boards, touch display, and design.
Henrik goes through drum machines and his Schwarzonators to explain the MIDI mapping, going through all the buttons and knobs.
Take a look at the devices Henrik’s created in Max for Live for live performances and remixes. Download his ‘Automix’ custom patch and follow along as he showcases his patches.
Henrik shows how you can avoid overloading your CPU by using plugins/VST synths during a live performance, and details how he uses his Max for Live patches, and plays synths on his MIDI keyboard.
Get Henrik’s advice on rehearsing and labeling your track, and other tips. He also showcases how he exports stems.
Henrik showcases how he exports his track.
Hear about Henrik’s performance techniques, and see them in action as he plays live.
Internationally renowned music producer and composer Henrik Schwarz is known for his eclectic musical approach to composition and sound design. As a producer and performer, he has successfully maintained a balance between electronic music, classical and jazz, and between energetic, highly charged dance sets at huge Techno events and concert performances in seated auditoriums.